When you think of donating an organ, what comes to your mind first? While many think heart transplants are most needed, only a small percentage – only 2.8% of patients – are in need of a new heart.
The most common organ that patients desperately need is a new kidney.
Normally everyone has two kidneys, although a person can live a healthy life with one. Living donation occurs when a person freely decides to donate one of their kidneys to someone in need of a transplant.
Donating a kidney is the most frequent type of living organ donation, and it’s also the most successful transplant procedure. If the donor is compatible, the donor’s kidney can be transplanted directly into the recipient if they are of the same blood type.
But a two-year-old boy who needs a new kidney and has a perfect match, may not be able to get a new kidney.